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September 21, 2009 / mybodynbalance

WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO TONE MUSCLE?

100_1863It means to make muscle lean by burning intramuscular fat, and conditioning it for better performance.

You can’t actually build muscle mass unless you’re eating more calories than you’re burning, but you can tone a muscle to make it leaner. To tone your muscles, you should weight-train 3-4 days a week, working each muscle group 1-2 times a week, using lighter weights & higher reps (12-15)

Women clients always tell me that they are afraid to weight train because they’re afraid of building bulky muscles. What they don’t realize is that  it’s extremely difficult for women to gain  a lot muscle mass from weight training.  Even if a woman was to use heavy weight (which isn’t used for toning anyway) there isn’t enough testosterone in a woman’s body to build mass.

I once heard a celebrity trainer say:  “Exercise is the architect, but recovery is the builder.”This means you have to give your body adequate recovery time to heal itself and grow stronger. If you work out too often without resting, you’ll just break your muscles down. Thus causing, weakness, fatigue and possible injury.
So in conclusion, eat right & train smart….and don’t be afraid to pick up those weights!
Hope this helps!
Luv & Muscles,  Lisa

[all content is written and owned by Lisa Nash, owner of Body N Balance © 2009]

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  1. Melissa / Sep 24 2009 1:28 pm

    Thanks for posting.. very informative. It’s good to understand exactly what is happening when working out.

  2. Mia / Oct 23 2009 2:42 pm

    Lisa, I cannot thank you enough for helping me reach my goal of completing the Free Press marathon this year! The cross training at your gym helped me build muscle that I need for endurance. My quads and calves are still feminine but are toned and lean! I cannot thank you enough for helping me on this journey! I lost 60+ pounds in a year thanks to you!! You are a a gem to the city of Dearborn! Keep posting the advice is priceless!

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